High blood pressure also known to be hypertension is a medical condition whereby, the blood starts exerting pressure on arteries abnormally. High blood pressure is also called a silent killer because it may not show any warning symptoms on its appearance. So, one needs to be perservant in getting blood pressure checked routinely.
Ignorance of this condition for a longer time may result in serious health problems. Hypertension is more of a lifestyle problem and the best way to deal with this condition is to follow a yoga lifestyle. Yoga therapy is a powerful complimentary treatment for blood pressure. These are 5 proven poses to bring down hypertension.
Yoga Poses For Reducing High Blood Pressure
Uttana Tadasana/ Palm Tree Pose
Lie down on your back and join feet such that the big toes touch each other. Keep your palms by the sides of your body. While inhaling, raise your hands over your head and stretch your toes downwards. Stretch the whole body and inhale and exhale slowly.
Bring your hands down while exhaling and keep the eyes closed. Repeat this twice. This asana opens up spine, heart and lungs, easing blood flow in arteries and thus preventing high blood pressure.
Ardha Pavanamuktasana/ Half Wind Releasing Pose
Lie down on your back with palms besides your body. Take a long deep breath and raise the right leg. Bring your thigh near your abdomen and hold this posture for a few seconds . Breath normally. While inhaling stretch and bring the leg back on floor. Repeat it with the other leg. For hypertension, do not raise your head against your bent knee.
Regularly performing this pose removes all ailments of stomach and other organs. All the benefitting organs get a good boost in their capabilities, making the mind peaceful and joyous and lets the body feel light and relaxed. This has a calming effect on blood pressure.
Parvatasana/ Mountain Pose
Sit with both legs crossed, gently close your eyes and join your hands in namaskara mudra just above your head. Keep elbows straight and hands stretched. Feel the heartbeat and slowly bring your hands down from both the sides, while exhaling. Perform this 3-4 times. Since this pose gives a good massage to the heart and lung muscles, it is very beneficial in settling hypertension.
Shavasana/ Corpse Pose
Lie down on your back with feet comfortably apart and hands extended about 6” away from body. Palms should be half closed and be facing upwards. Gently close the eyes and concentrate on feet first to relax them, then bring the concentration to your knees, then the chest and arms and lastly concentrate on your head.
Then concentrate on rhythmic breathing for about 10-15 minutes. This is a highly relaxing pose and helps release tension and stress physically and mentally, hence is very beneficial in arterial hypertension.
Sit with your legs crossed, or in any comfortable sitting yoga pose. Place left hand on left knee in jnana mudra and close right nostril with right thumb making nasikagra mudra. Slowly exhale through the left nostril and then inhale very slowly through the same nostril. Then change the finger to open the right nostril and close the left nostril with ring finger and small finger.
Again inhale and exhale slowly through the left nostril. Repeat this for atleast 4-5 minutes. Along with the other benefits, anuloma viloma increases the serenity of mind, maintains flexibility of arteries, veins and capillaries, thus helping to control blood pressure.
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